Monday, November 30, 2009
I almost didn't make it to the Rockettes last night. I started my trip an hour early, stopped and got gas, moved along quite well down the interstate until suddenly I came to a dead stop.. Yippee! 45 minutes until showtime.... So I quickly and cleverly got off the interstate and left everyone going home from Thanksgiving on the interstate... hah! So I happily sped along my new shortcut for maybe 3 minutes until I came to lovely blue flashing lights. The friendly police was directing ALL the traffic off the interstate onto my shortcut. Thanks. With a closed interstate and 45 billion (underestimate) people on my new 'shortcut', we didn't move too fast. I arrived at the show surprisingly only 12 minutes late, hurried, and sat down gasping for air and trying to lower my blood pressure. I heard 3 seconds of music and 'now the Rockettes!' before the lights came on and an announcer said, "Please remain in your seats we are having technical difficulties and will resume the show shortly."
WHAT?! Blood pressure again...
Anyways, things got moving along finally and the show was amazing! I could probably google some much better video of this but I'll let you pretend like you were sitting in my lap instead.
It was most certainly NOT ME that ate almost an entire cookie sheet of these amazing Rolo/pretzel/nut combinations during Thanksgiving break. I think it may have been my husband, but since I'm still trying to
However, I'm pretty sure I should share this 'recipe' so you can NOT eat a whole cookie sheet as well. (I'm not sure it counts as a recipe since you really just squish a bunch of stuff together, but here you go).
Then unwrap 200 rolos - that's the fun part!
Put a rolo on top of every pretzel and put it in the oven on 350 for 3.5 minutes.
Pull out and quickly (!) put a nut on top, preferably Almonds or Pecans.
Put tray in fridge for 30 minutes so the chocolate hardens again and then you can pull them out and bag in cute little bags for gifts! (Or not eat them all by yourself...either way).
Saturday, November 28, 2009
5. Old roommates!!! :) Whitney came in town from Seattle for Thanksgiving.
6. ANOTHER dog found his home. Seriously, God is just putting them all in my driveway. This little guy was missing for 5 days showed up on my porch this morning. He had wandered 10 miles!
Next up: Little brother's birthday tonight!
Monday, November 23, 2009
I think this one came from becoming a fan on facebook. Not too shabby.
TONS of $1.00 off 1 Pantene item coupons.
This one was SUCH a surprise. This one came straight from L'oreal. A full-size L'oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara! Who needs NCE results when you have this?!
Another full-size makeup item! $$$ :) This is Glo Mineral Eye Shadow, also a facebook promo.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Mama M over at My Little Life is having a blog carnival for 5 question Friday! So here it goes...
1. Are you a Black Friday shopper?
YES! I love love love it. Something about digging through the ads on Thanksgiving day, making a plan of what stores open first and what stores have the best deals, clipping the extra savings coupons (which you know are my favorite),waking up at 4:30 am and convincing my husband to come with me (even MORE fun!).
Last year I was a little disappointed in Macy's because I planned and planned my Macy's trip out to buy Ben's 'only-shoe-he'll-wear' Wallabees for $89.99 (originally $120). Well, I ended up missing the deal. So I went later the next week to buy them and they were 50% off AND I had a coupon. Ended up paying $45!!! SUCH a better deal than was advertised on Black Friday. So Macy's is now off my Black Friday list. Walmart, however, definitely still on the list.
2. What was your favorite childhood toy? (Think Easy Bake Oven, Cabbage Patch Kid, Shrinky Dinks, etc.)
I'm going to have to go with Skip-it on this one.
Mainly because I got it for my birthday one year (I know not Christmas) and I had never been so excited to get a present in my life. I immediately started 'skipping-it' and whacked my best friend in the ankle, who proceeded to cry hysterically the rest of MY birthday party. I mean c'mon.
3. Favorite Christmas movie?
Can I tell you what my LEAST favorite Christmas movie is instead? National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. If I never saw this movie again it would be a wonderful thing. It makes me so uncomfortable and anxious.
But okay, okay, I'll play along... I'm going to go with Ghostbusters II.
(What? You say that isn't a Christmas Movie?! Wanna bet... its on this list, so I win.) Don't you remember the crowd of people singing Auld Lang Syne outside the museum when its encased in a big pink blobby shell?!4. What is the "must have" item on your Christmas list this year?
Thursday, November 19, 2009
It has now been 33 days since I took the NCE and I'm still waiting to hear about the results. It said 6-8 weeks, so I guess I still have a minimum of 9 days.... its killing me! I read a ton of blogs of people who have taken the NCE and many said, just when they forgot about it, the results came in the mail. Well... 33 days and counting and I haven't forgotten about it.
Speaking of... I recommend this song to everyone:
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I sat here for a moment and tried to think of my favorite things and all that comes to mind is candy... hmm... so i guess that should be # 1. (Yeah, yeah, I know.... #7, lose 10lbs, I'm working on it).
#2. Because I changed the music at work today to Christmas Music, my all time favorite christmas song is..... "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
3. This one is really funny... Ben always looks at me weird when I get so excited, but I love when I pass a TON of motorcycles on the road. I'm not even sure what to call it, motorcycle convoys? But they are a few of my favorite things, haha! (This also applies to many of the same vehicles in a row, ie - army convoys, alabama power trucks all going somewhere, etc.) :)
4. EOS chapstick.
This wonderful product came free to me from a promotion on their website, but I've been told that they are available at Walgreens. It is by far the best chapstick I've ever used (as an addict of chapstick, I've used just about anything in a moment of crisis), its not all waxy and gross like most brands. It is 95% organic and all natural. AND! Look how cool it is! Ben even says he wants one (don't tell him I told you).
So go visit Keely and blog about your favorite things!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
November is Preemie Awareness Month & November 17 is when March of Dimes has taken today to Fight for Preemies! Read more about the Fight for Preemies event at Bloggers Unite.
This is Ava (as you probably know). Born 6 weeks early and spent 3+ weeks in the hospital. There are so many more babies I know though that have been born way earlier than Ava and spent MUCH longer in the hospital. Spread the word about the Fight for Preemies!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Ivy, Ava & Sierra (Sierra was in love with Ava)My gramma, me & my dad
Austin, John & Stevie
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Now, if you know Ben even a little bit, you know that he LOVES to spend money. So while we were looking for new faucets, Ben mentions that we probably need a new sink to match too. Um... no. So we leave Lowe's and give up on the whole idea. Well, several weeks went by and Ben again mentions we really need a new faucet. I finally gave in and agreed. I even went by the post office that day to pick up a change of address packet (for the 10% off Lowe's coupon, of course!). Well, we picked out an amazing faucet and yes... a new sink. But I can't even express the difference it makes in our little kitchen.
Before: (Sort of)
I think its wonderful and am so glad Ben persisted with the faucet/sink issue. He even installed the whole thing by himself. I watched and asked why he didn't need to read instructions a few times, but turns out he didn't need to read them after all. We struggled with the white color, but we don't have anything stainless in our whole kitchen (except the old sink) and cabinets are white, tile is gray and counter top is dark gray speckled, so it looks very 'clean'. What do you think?
Sunday, November 8, 2009
This weekend was a very long awaited trip to Dothan to see one of my best friends, Emily. Ben was sweet enough to drive me there and participate in most of the things I wanted, including watch the over 2 hour parade early Saturday morning. Below is a picture of everyone picking peanuts up off the street! (See #14a -
Beautiful day at the peanut parade!
No one else thought this was as fun as I did....
Few things that were not on the list but are firsts and have been accomplished before turning 27 this weekend:
28. Try a fried snickers. (Yes, I know... the thought of it makes you want to throw up, me too, however it was pretty good!)
29. Try a fried oreo. (I'd skip this one if ever offered it again... yuck) I'm sure you are wondering how #7. 'Lose 10lbs' is going about now, huh? I'll update about that one shortly!
Trying to avoid all the carnies at the peanut festival.
Not only is this dog named Woodle, but his little half chihuahua-half boston terrier self is pretty much the cutest dog I've ever seen.
Cooking out for the Alabama game in our Auburn-wear.
We even got to see a demolition derby!
Now just waiting on Hurricane Ida to pass by so Ivy, John & Gramma can come up for the weekend! Do you have any suggestions for fun things to take my family to while they are in town???